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Poster: staggerleib Date: May 3, 2011 4:04am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Concert Folks

I see two questions here.

1st - when did you stop seeing the Dead? I stopped also in 92, as at Soldier Field the displeasure at the crowd finally outweighed the music. I also went back for 94 at Soldier, simply because I wanted to see Traffic. That was bizarre. Traffic was awesome, but of the 60k+ people that came for the Dead, only maybe 3000 were in the stadium to see Traffic. That was a very telling detail as any. Traffic! Goddamnit, who is it that loves music would skip that after having paid their fare?

2nd- Other shows, not just Dead or related. And for the most part I've given up on concerts. While I still love the spontaneity of the live music, the crowds are a mess for me. I did see Mark Knopfler recently, and he was amazing, though the crowd was like me, respectful, and, well, older. I also have the Ravinia festival near my home, so that I can see some bands in a very relaxed atmosphere, with no expectation. There is a lot of talking, and a lot of meals, wine, etc, as it's designed for the picnic type environment. It's encouraged. I've no problem with that either, though it can be tough during a James Taylor show, to want to hear him, and to hear instead some obnoxious chat, it's a given and an expected.

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Poster: ringolevio Date: May 3, 2011 4:45am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Concert Folks

The problem is multi-tasking. We're all too good at it. These people who chat (putting it politely) and interact with their electronic devices at concerts are just expert multi-taskers like we're all supposed to be to keep our heads above water at work, and elsewhere.

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Poster: adks12020 Date: May 3, 2011 6:02am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Concert Folks

I do think the multi-tasking idea (which is false. studies show people are not nearly as successful at it as they think) has created a country full of people with attention deficit disorder though..not "I need ritalin" ADD, just "I need to put down the damn smart phone" ADD. I know when I leave mine at home I am much more calm and relaxed.

As far as concerts go I agree with the original point 100%. It drives me nuts when I go to a show and people are talking and playing on their cell phones the whole time. I always want to say to people, "Even if you can't handle doing one thing at a time (ie. watching a concert and listening intently) there are people there that paid good money to do just that...so show some respect for the rest of us...and for the artist on stage"

I love live music. It's probably one of my favorite past times. It calms me down and makes me happier than almost anything else (with maybe the exception of the wilderness)especially when I can close my eyes and get lost in it..unfortunately that's harder to do with cell phones and obnoxious people. I'm only 29 and it's gotten way worse since I was a teenager.

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Poster: Dudley Dead Date: May 4, 2011 7:41am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Concert Folks

I think you were lucky those people stayed outside for the Traffic set , all they would have done s is yapped anyway ...
Sadly , I think for many of our concert goers, it is JUST a party . True "party" is a big part of it, but I don't think I am being too prissy to think that MUSIC is part of it too . With the GD, as time went on more and more folks seemed to hear only the uptempo tunes, and many of the other aspects of this amazing band, seemed to "go over their head (heart?)". Why do you have to clap along in Morning Dew, (big celebration, nuclear war !), and talk when it gets the least quiet . Could go on , and on .
There is a time to scream and yell with the music, and a time to shut up and listen . I just wish people were more sensitive ( respectful ) to the actual music being played .

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